|A paint store catches fire in Da Nang last night. 15 firemen were taken to hospital when a chemical box exploded during the fire. — VNS Photo
DA NANG (VNS) — Fifteen firefighters were taken to hospital after a chemical box exploded in a fire at a paint store in Hoa Vang district, Da Nang city, yesterday night.
The city's firefighting police department said this morning that the fire broke out at about 11pm in Hoa Chau commune, 20km from the city, and the department sent 10 fire trucks to stamp out the fire and rescue local residents living near the store.
No one was reported killed.
However, a box, which was identified to be containing acetone, suddenly exploded, injuring 15 firemen and damaging a wall of the store.
Nine firemen suffered burns.
Corporal Truong Van Phuc was the worst affected, as he suffered burns to his arms, face and neck. He also broke an arm.
Some firefighters are receiving treatment for burns to the conjunctiva.
Two firemen were discharged from the Da Nang general hospital.
The cause of the fire is being investigated. — VNS